KH Messen Residency


In August 2021 I went on a month residency in the small town of Ålvik in Hardanger on the west coast of Norway. It was located in a large building that had been former offices to an old local industry - Elkjem. A family lived on the top floor, they were artists and ran the facilities. I got a room on the third floor to live in and a very nice studio on the ground floor. There were a big kitchen, workshops and a lot of other spaces as well. There were four other artist resident at the same time Otto Tveit, Bente Tømmerås, Eleanor Clare and Dillan Marsh. Eleanor and Dillan had a small child so they were traveling a bit back and forth but I got to know Otto and Bente really well during my stay.


Going there and going home

 

The plan was to produce two large works that I wanted to show a my upcoming exhibition with Buer Gallery in Oslo. One was Ellipse Pace over twelve panels and the other was Murmuration over eight panels. I rented a van for the whole period, bought the materials in Oslo and brought them with me. In the end I had to complement it a bit from a local wood shop.

My studio space

 

I managed to almost complete both works but I had to do the last layer of filler for the Ellipse work at home. The panels dried very slowly in the moist climate.


Production of Murmuration

#368-75 Murmuration | Buer Gallery

 

Production of Ellipse Pace


#356-67 Ellipse Pace (Arches) | Buer Gallery

 

Besides from working I did some sight seeing in the areas around the compound, I got to swim in the deep fjord and see some art in the nearby town of Øystese where they have a nice art space called Kabuso. I also did a trip to Bergen to visit my daughter who just moved there to study.

Here is some pictures from my stay. I really enjoyed my time there!